Picking a new distribution - GNU/Linux

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(11-05-2021, 06:22 AM)TheAnachron Wrote: I'm using Void Linux because it's Arch Linux without systemd and with more stability.
This statement is technically inaccurate and missleading. Void Linux is not (like, at all) "Arch Linux". It is not a fork of anything, it's an independent Linux Distrobution. This is stated clearly on their website's front page.

(11-05-2021, 11:28 AM)stratex Wrote: How fast is xbpc comparing to pacman?
xbps is quite fast, but I cannot compare it to pacman.


NetBSD & Void user here...

I'm probably biased but I love pkgsrc, it's excellent and its portable!. However, in stating that I only use it on it's native OS, NetBSD. But if you're not all in on BSD then I rate Void. I only recently moved accross from Pop!_OS to Void on my main (family friendly) machine. I have GlibC as I do not have the time set up a musl system or deal with the wife's complaints when things dont work. So far it works well and boots in seconds! Runit is amazingly fast. As for XBPS & xbps-src, I'm quite impressed. xbps-src is similar to pkgsrc in many ways and Void itself feels somewhat familiar coming from BSD.

What I find frustrating though is that Void keep their repositories minimal in the sence that they dont accept packages that replicate/duplicate the functions or services of already packaged software. Ie., if you really like using the Brave browser then you'll need to manually bootstrap it into xbps-src to build it. From memory the only electron based browsers available are Chromium and Opera. Of course there is also Firefox (and your more minimal browser like dillo, NetSurf, Falkon etc).

I've come accross a few tools so far that have been submitted to void-packages as pull requests but rejected by the Void devs for duplicating other pakages. It's a fairly simple process to manually bootsrtap and build these pakages provided the templates are up to date. I've even reached out to a few devs to request that they keep their master branch (fork of void-packages) up to date so I can continue to build new releases.

I also think Void's popularity has grown significantly in the past 12-18 months and this hopefully means more support and more packages.
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Messages In This Thread
Picking a new distribution - by stratex - 08-05-2021, 05:45 PM
RE: Picking a new distribution - by jkl - 11-05-2021, 02:26 AM
RE: Picking a new distribution - by TheAnachron - 11-05-2021, 06:22 AM
RE: Picking a new distribution - by stratex - 11-05-2021, 11:28 AM
RE: Picking a new distribution - by _-_Specter_-_ - 20-08-2021, 10:50 AM
RE: Picking a new distribution - by freem - 26-08-2021, 07:57 PM
RE: Picking a new distribution - by z3bra - 30-08-2021, 11:19 AM
RE: Picking a new distribution - by jkl - 01-09-2021, 03:00 PM
RE: Picking a new distribution - by z3bra - 01-09-2021, 04:31 PM
RE: Picking a new distribution - by jkl - 02-09-2021, 04:01 PM
RE: Picking a new distribution - by freem - 09-09-2021, 01:24 PM
RE: Picking a new distribution - by z3bra - 10-09-2021, 03:31 AM
RE: Picking a new distribution - by freem - 19-09-2021, 04:57 PM
RE: Picking a new distribution - by petar - 16-11-2021, 07:08 PM
RE: Picking a new distribution - by jkl - 17-11-2021, 12:04 AM
RE: Picking a new distribution - by pfr - 17-11-2021, 10:30 PM
RE: Picking a new distribution - by movq - 21-11-2021, 02:31 PM